Schools to Support Pupils with Long Term Health Needs

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson a few days ago announced an amendment to the Children and Families Bill that places a requirement on schools to make arrangements for supporting pupils with medical conditions.

This means school will be required by law to make appropriate arrangements for supporting pupils with long-term health needs. This will be supported by new statutory guidance that will be issued next year.

The amendment applies to maintained schools, Academies, alternative provision Academies and a pupil referral unit
In his statement the Minister asserts that government intends to achieve “better educational outcomes for children with long term health conditions; greater reassurance to parents that their children will receive the support they deserve in the school setting; and clearer guidance on what we expect of our schools” as a result of this amendment.

Council for Disabled children (CDC) Director Christine Lenehan has welcomed this step towards helping ensure children with long-term health condition receive the support they need while at school.


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